Boys Soccer: 2014 West Playoff Preview (First Round)

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Seven local teams qualified for the playoffs and six remain after the preliminary round – Beaver fell to Quaker Valley in the first round. It's almost unfair to face Quaker Valley coach Gene Klein and his more than 500 career victories in a preliminary round but Beaver gave it a battle, falling 2-1. The Bobcats finished 13-6.

In Class AA, defending champion West Allegheny (14-3-1) drew only the third seed and will open the playoffs at home against Burrell (12-7). Fifth seeded Ambridge (16-2) plays at home against Indiana (15-3) and 13th seeded Central Valley (10-6-1) plays at South Fayette (14-3-1).

In Class A, fourth-seeded Carlynton (12-5) plays Geibel Catholic (13-5) at Upper St. Clair. Seventh seeded Freedom (10-6-2) plays Riverview (12-5) at Ambridge and 11th seeded Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (9-8-1) plays Seton-LaSalle (10-8) at West Allegheny.


Golf: Neshannock's Kirkwood qualifies for PIAA Class AA girls final

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Neshannock junior Marissa Kirkwood placed second in the PIAA Western Regional Girls Individual Championship on Tuesday at Tom's Run Golf Course and earned a trip to the PIAA Class AA Girls Individual Championship.

Kirkwood shot a 3-over-par round of 75, four strokes behind the championship effort posted by Seton-LaSalle's Joey Walz.

After shooting a 39 on the front nine, Kirkwood played even-par golf on the back nine to earn a trip to the two-day PIAA Class AA Girls Individual Championship that begins Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort and winds up the following day.


Hockey: 2014 West Players to Watch

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Michael Skoff, Montour, F, Sr.

Aiden Beck, Montour, F, Jr.

Sean Weber, West Allegheny, F, Jr.

Brendan Rossi, West Allegheny, D, Sr.

Alex Ottaviani, Sr., F, Moon

Braden Lange, Moon, F, So.

Austin Murphy, Moon, D, Sr.

Grant Rombold, Blackhawk, F, Sr.

Robbie Swinderman, Blackhawk, F, Jr.



Hockey: 2014 West Season Preview

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With Class AA wide open this season after graduation virtually gutted defending champion Bishop Canevin, it appeared West Allegheny would have as good a chance as anyone of stepping into the void and becoming a contender in the classification.


It may yet happen. But the Indians, who are coming off a tough year in which they missed the playoffs, got rocked even before the season started when all-star junior forward Jess Ligas, who led the team with 17 goals and 43 points despite missing quite a few games with prior commitments, opted to play instead for the Pens Elite Tier 1 Midget Major team.